Slow cooking is one of those things that comes and goes in fashion but for many it seems to always just be there. Like a comfortable chair or a pair of slippers, you know where you are with it.
The young thrusting hipsters are discovering slow cooking, perhaps due in part to the growing worldwide economic crisis. They are coming late to a party and a book like this is going to help get them up to speed and bolster their knowledge. You don't even need to have a slow cooker - but it helps! - although this book also gives a brief overview of the different types and sizes of machines available to help you make up your mind.
So you've got your machine (or soon will have it!), time to get cooking. No frills or fancies. The recipes are split into six chapters: soups & sauces; meat & poultry; fish & shellfish; vegetarian; desserts and finally basic recipes & accompaniments. In the nicest possible way this book is boring, dependable, trustworthy and down-to-earth. This is meant in a positive way. There is no arty-farty design taking over at the cost of the contents. There are no chefs or cooks prancing about dispensing their wisdom. Just a lot of good recipes. Quite formulaic and that, in this type of book is good. Generally speaking it is recipe, photograph, recipe, photograph, repeat, repeat, repeat.
Everything you need is here in spades. Clean design and typography. Prominent titling and a brief, helpful introduction. A clear overview of preparation and cooking times. Ingredients listed on the left, the instructions on the right. A textbook example of how a recipe should be presented. OK it hasn't been burdened with different pieces of nutritional information and how many pieces of salt can be found within it, but it is not that kind of book.
Many of the recipes wouldn't set the world alight or have Michelin-starred chefs champing at the bit. But again, who cares? The recipes are for us "everyday folk" to make in our kitchens as means to keep our family fed. There is a good variety and something for everyone, even though this reviewer did a virtual double-take at seeing "Cajun Chicken Liver Rice"!
So, to be clear, there are no negatives. Unless, of course, you have no plans of getting a slow cooker (but even then you could adapt the recipes). There are no negatives to the book. Just be clear what you are getting. A book that gets down to the nitty-gritty and does that very, very well indeed.
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